Congratulations to Ms. Megan Hawkes, a seventh grade social studies and seventh/eighth grade GEM elective teacher at Tortolita Middle School, who was recognized as a Most Valuable Teacher in STEM by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Honeywell!
Through the Arizona Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teachers in STEM program, the D-backs and Honeywell support Arizona STEM educators, and are recognizing 20 STEM educators this fall. Celebrating outstanding STEM educators provides a perfect opportunity to recognize the best-of-the-best and acknowledge their commitment to providing students with the foundation to STEM careers.
Ms. Hawkes was nominated by a GEM student who has been inspired by her hands-on projects that address real-life challenges.
“One project we completed was the creation of an assistive hand device. Students had to design and create a hand prototype for someone who has cerebral palsy that would enable them to grip and lift a cup,” Ms. Hawkes said. “I am also looking into having them create solar ovens and using robotics in the future. I want my students to be able to see what they can achieve through STEM and open doors for them for the future.”
Ms. Hawkes was one of three middle school teachers selected in October, and she received $1,000 for her classroom plus recognition on the field.